Big news on Elsewhere, NY as we announce our selection for Cinequest Film Festival 2015.

Taking place in Silicon Valley from February 24th through till March 8th, Cinequest is among the best film festivals on the west coast and I'm very excited this will be our US premiere.

The film, directed by Jeffrey P Nesker, written by myself, stars Gillian Leigh Visco as Steph, a fresh-in-NYC young woman, who has a intoxicating one night stand with Todd, played by Andrew Ruth.

Fast forward two years, and new boyfriend, Ethan - Andrew Leland Rogers making his feature debut - has a new roommate to introduce to Steph - Todd.

As the story unfolds, it's Steph has to navigate her feelings and the advice of best friend Christine, played by Fiona Graham, in working out just what she wants from her life.

There are three screenings of the film - February 26, March 1 and March 4. If you're going to be in attendance at Cinequest, it'd be great to say hello. You can find out more on the festival itself here, and the film Elsewhere, NY over at the official site.

As the writer and producer of the movie, I'm extremely excited to see it going on such a journey, and I'll also be posting to the Cinema Zero blog throughout my time there. I'm hoping to even get a podcast up as well, so stay tuned for that.



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Luna Park, the short film I made late last summer, is currently available to watch and vote for over at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFF) site.

The story follows Jimmy (played by Freddie Connor, who also produced) as he reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Carly (played by Fiona Graham) 13 years after they last spoke. As they wander along the Coney Island boardwalk, they reminisce on days past, slowly slipping back to a rhythm they both understand.

LAIFF represents the first outing for the movie as it begins its festival run, so be sure to catch it early and don't forget to cast your vote for the movie ahead of its LA screening on February 7th.




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A year ago, my good friend Jeffrey P Nesker was crashing on my couch, shooting a movie I'd written for him.

Of course, I've written before about the intensity of making the film in this way, about the joys and the dramas of what it takes to get it done, and it was a hard-fought film from beginning to end.

Well, twelve months on, and I'm very proud to announce that Elsewhere, NY will be enjoying it's world premiere at Whistler Film Festival 2014.

I'm absolutely stoked for the whole (very small) team, and I'm excited that this is the first stepping out for the movie at such as prestigious event. And of course, it's a real win for Jeff to be able to showcase his movie in his home country, Canada.

At the moment, we don't have the screening dates (that'll soon enough though), but the festival runs from December 3rd through till the 7th. I'll add an update when more details are available.



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Recently, I had the good fortune of making a pair of quiet films, shot lowdown and dirty, with a crew of just one - me.

Working alongside actor and producer Freddie Connor, best known for British movies such as Baseline and The Grind, we shot Mondays and Luna Park back-to-back, over two days in New York.

Both films are produced in partnership with Finelight Films, and I'm very happy with how we managed to shot both movies shot fast.of course, it takes the right script and cast to make the project shine, and so I was thankful to reconnect with Josh Hawkins and Fiona Graham, both of whom I'd worked with previously.

Both films will be debuting on the festival circuit in 2015.




Mondays - 5 mins

Two city traders, walk the shoreline of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, late one summer eve. Mickey (Josh Hawkins), is anxious. He's convinced he's about to be found out for insider trading, and turns to his colleague and confidente, Jonny (Freddie Connor), looking for some advice on what seems like a forgone situation.

As the two men wander the rapidly gentrified streets, amongst exhausted factories, rattling advice and hope, it's clear that all is not what it seems, and that the biggest set up might be yet to come.




Luna Park - 8 mins

Thirteen years after they last saw each other, Jimmy (Freddie Connor) and Carly (Fiona Graham) are reunited on the boardwalk of Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Here, they reminisce over the lives they've had since they split, of the mistakes they made and the possibility of starting over now that they are both older and wiser.



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Last night, as I wandered through rainy Manhattan, my mind was abuzz with nervous excitement. Here I was, nudging my way through folks headed into the bustling lights of Times Square, as I headed for my train, wishing that I could been a few thousand miles away.

Back in London, on a different time zone but very familiar turf, my latest film as a director, co-written with my girl, Maria McIndoo, played to friends and strangers at my most revered UK event, Portobello Film Festival.


If you're familiar with Portobello, you'll appreciate the kickass, non-conformist, absolute support attitude this event has. And indeed, that approach isn't something grafted on - it comes from the organisers themselves, whose passion and belief in the medium of film is bigger than their own egos of being seen and heard as the badass human beings they are. So before I continue, to all the guys behind Portobello Film Festival - thank you. You do something amazing every year in showcasing so many movies, and not once have you disappointed us film fans and filmmakers with the size and ambition of the event. Simply amazing, and all credit to you for making it happen and making it all seem so breezy.

So that brings me to Let It Go - I was nervous. This is the first comedy I've directed, but yet we still stepped away from all the tropes etc, instead focusing on trying to make something that was fresh, yet felt classic. And we were doing it in a pretty small way.

Of course, as it played, I tweeted back and forth with my amazing friends who I knew were there, and it was a teasingly good to get their messages from the screening.
And yet, this all just added to that burgeoning anxiety - that night-before-Christmas feeling that you had as a kid. Knowing I couldn't be in the room - that a flight back to my home city was at its most generous, north of $1000 - it was painful. After all, this was the world premiere! And more than that, London is where I was born and spent my formative years (and many more since). I love that town. I loved this movie. And my friends who I miss dearly, were all there.

I'll be honest, I was deflated as I rode the N train home to Astoria.

And then, this morning, I woke up to some amazing and sweet and genuine emails from some of the people in attendance. Guys - it means so much that you enjoyed the film. Thank you for taking the time. 

And not only that, my buddy and compadre, Tom Sawyer sent me through some videos from the event. I've stitched them together here...


When you start out, it's tough trying to do what you love. All the odds are stacked against you, and the support can often be pretty thin on the ground. But now that I live in New York City, write and shoot movies with my favourite person in the world and get to share them back in London with some amazing people in attendance, I realise I've not done too bad in this life. 

Of course, there's much more to go - not least of which are our NYC screening on NYC screening on September 23, and the LA screening on September 24 - both of which I know will be just as awesome.

So if you want to see the film, you can find out all the details over on Cinema Zero. But in the meanwhile, thank you London for reminding me why I make films.

Tom.



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